About a month ago, I received an email from an ultimate player. His name is Daniel and he was wondering what offensive and defensive strategies I would suggest for 3 on 3 since he had a tournament coming up and had only ever played normal 7 on 7 before. I’ve included my response below along along with some observations and feedback from Daniel after the tournament (his team lost in the championship game).
Posts about ultimate tournaments
In the 2000 Canadian Ultimate Championship finals, Furious George defeated Calgary Invictus in perhaps the most lopsided championship game ever, with Furious winning 19-1.
If you can’t view this video, watch on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1fuYIc5UO4.
In a decisive victory, Furious George defeats Ring of Fire in the 2002 UPA Club Open Ultimate Championship Finals.
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Considered by many as the greatest ultimate game of all time, Furious George took on DoG (Death or Glory) in the semi-finals of the 2002 UPA Club Open Ultimate Championships.
In a game that saw only 5 turnovers (including just 1 turnover in the second half), Furious George would go onto defeat DoG and eventually beat Ring of Fire in the finals to claim the 2002 UPA Open title.
If you can’t view this video, watch on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmsbIkkTjc.
For me, the best part about qualifying for Nationals has always been the opportunity to spend a few more weeks with my team. I have extremely fond memories of those precious extra moments earned at both Cal and Texas, (and with Showdown and Molly Brown), and these memories are perhaps sharpened by the heartbreak of the seasons sandwiched in between where I lost three games-to-go in two years. I share some of the heartache of losing that third game here. Endings are incredibly difficult, especially when they happen sooner than we’d hope.
My name is Rob McLeod and I am a disc sports competitor living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This will be my second WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships. In 2001, I finished 4th overall (3rd in Self Caught Flight and 4th in Distance). In addition, I also have:
- 10 World Records including 3 Guinness World Records
- 3 World Championships
- 1 Quadruped national title
Frisbee is my passion, my fire, my life. I live and breathe frisbee. I have met some of the most inspiring people of my life through frisbee and I hope to pass those experiences onto my friends, family and fans.
Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, talks about the 2012 USA Ultimate Championships and in particular, how bad the wind was. Mother nature is a factor we can never control so it’s all about doing the best we can with what we have.
The biggest outcome from playing in windy conditions is to learn how to throw in the wind and to be smart with your offensive strategy (huck and pin is a common one).
Malissa Lundgren, one of the captains of the Capitals, the women’s ultimate team from Ontario Canada, talks about her top highlights.
Malissa has played in the finals of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, the Canadian Ultimate Championships, the USA Ultimate Championships and the World Ultimate and Guts Championships.
She is one of the top female ultimate players in the world and was named Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.
We’ve been working with USA Ultimate on the new Triple Crown Tour (TCT), as well as Caps from the 2012 fall season to put together an exciting 2013 strategy and schedule. This is a little different than years in the past but was built to take into consideration a lot of factors with a focus on 2 key objectives:
- Ensure a strong Capitals team will participate in the 2013 TCT, keeping the spot we fought hard to earn last fall!
- Ensure the opportunity for players to participate on Caps and on their respective club teams.
I received an email from Richard, a buddy of Aaron’s, asking if I could share this video. Normally I will just share on Twitter or Facebook but after watching Aaron’s highlight reel, I felt like it deserved it’s own post. This guy has some serious potential (and is already realizing a lot of it now). Read more about why he wants to be a part of the 2013 Nexgen Tour:
My name is Aaron Neal and I am a 21 year old Ultimate Frisbee player from New Zealand.
I know from watching that there has been international players before and I would love to be that player for 2013.
Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year and one of the captains of the Capitals, a women’s ultimate team from Toronto/Ottawa Ontario, Canada, talks about USA Ultimate’s proposed Triple Crown Tour in 2013 and what that means for Canadian Ultimate.
Malissa is a huge proponent of development and fears that the Triple Crown Tour might affect the development of the competitive Canadian Ultimate players who are forced to choose between traveling to the US more than was required in past years.
More information on the Triple Crown can be found via the following links:
Waking up on Saturday morning knowing we had already achieved our goal of making top 8 was a really good feeling but we didn’t want to just finish 8th; we wanted to play well on Saturday and see where we could end up. Unfortunately that meant having to play arguably the #1 team at nationals, Odyssee, from Quebec.
Today was the power pools which means that there are 2 pools of 6 teams and the top 4 from each pool go into quarter finals tomorrow. Our goal at the beginning of the tournament was to hold seed which means 10th but we felt like we had a shot at making quarter finals.
I’m writing this after just getting back from our team dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Victoria. The best part about playing a full day of ultimate is that you have a ravenous appetite and get to eat a lot of food. We certainly got lots of calories in our bodies so our muscles will do some repair while we sleep tonight.
This week, I’m going to be competing in the 2012 Canadian Ultimate Championships with Bunny Thugs, a mixed team from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The tournament runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and consists of 3 games per day (2 on the Saturday if you make finals which are held on Sunday). This will be my 4th ultimate tournament this year and the 4th time I’ve picked up with a team that wasn’t mine. I’ve learned a lot from the other 3 and so going into this one, I wanted to approach my play in a more specific, focused way.
On May 31, 2012, I traveled to Mexico to play in the 2012 Mexico National Ultimate Championships with Malaki UFC, a team who flew me down a year ago to coach them and teach them more about the game of ultimate.
I will not be posting any updates on Ultimate Rob until next week as I am flying out tomorrow morning to Mexico to compete in the 2012 National Open Championships with Malaki UFC. They’re the same team I flew down to coach last year so I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll let you know how we do!
When I talk about my sport, I struggle to decide what to call it: ultimate or Frisbee? The latter dredges up images of dogs chasing plastic across a stretch of fresh grass, certainly better manicured than any fields we ever get a chance to use. The former is just silly (a sport named after an adjective?!), the product of stoned hippies discovering a new game they could play that would allow them to feel like athletes for an hour or two. “Hey man, this shit is the ultimate!” they’d opine in between drags from a joint and cups of beer (certainly applying the same statement to their bud or brew). I suppose I should feel lucky that they chose “ultimate” over another adjective–I could be playing “groovy Frisbee.”
So my last post was about how to approach games where your team significantly outmatches your opponent. But the more interesting question is what to do when your opponent is significantly stronger than you.
If your team is one of those teams that takes themselves seriously, then you probably have goals. And if those goals are appropriately high, then you probably have a team ahead of you that you need to beat (unless you play for Fury or Revolver). Maybe your goal is to make the second day of Regionals or make Nationals or make quarters or win everything. In all divisions, those teams on their respective bubble are wondering how to knock off that team just ahead of them.
There’s something magical and truly indescribable about playing competitive team sports. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely had the experience yourself and have possibly struggled to describe it to people in the “real world.” While driving back to Toronto from the Boston Invite 2 days ago I was, once again, thinking about how amazing these experiences are, particularly this year as I struggled heavily with finding my mojo.
For 2 years I’ve run Ultimate Rob (www.ultimaterob.com). In that time, I’ve published roughly 50 articles and posted more than 60 videos. My goal when I started the website was for it to be the go to website for ultimate frisbee but very quickly I realized that it wasn’t feasible – both from a time perspective on my side and from a searching perspective from a user side. I decided to instead focus on writing articles and filming videos that would help people very simply “Play Ultimate Better”.